Veteran Jeff Samardzija will inevitably hear his name mentioned in trade rumors in the year to come. What are the pros and cons of the San Francisco Giants dealing him?
The San Francisco Giants are in rebuild mode, and that means veterans who are approaching the end of their contract are expendable and could be put on the trading block. Veteran starter Jeff Samardzija fits the bill and he could see his name tossed around a lot as a trade possibility in 2020.
The 34-year-old is coming off a really solid year. He made 32 starts and recorded a 3.52 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 181 innings of work. It was a welcome sight after an injury plagued 2018 raised questions of how much he had left in the tank.
With Madison Bumgarner gone, Samardzija will be one of the top two starters in the rotation alongside Johnny Cueto. If the team chooses to keep Samardzija, they will rely on him to provide some measure of stability to a starting staff that could end up cycling through a lot of options.
It would make a lot of sense for the Giants to trade Samardzija, if not before the season begins, then some time during the season so they can add more young talent to the organization.
Samardzija should appeal to many teams that are looking to add an experienced starter who can eat up innings. He would even appeal to playoff contenders looking for a middle-of-the-rotation guy who can assist them in their playoff push.
While trading the Shark certainly has its benefits for the Giants, getting rid of one of their best starters comes with significant pitfalls as well.
In the next few slides, we are going to dig deeper into the pros and cons of dealing Samardzija away to another team.
It won’t be easy considering he is set to make $19.8 million in the final year of his contract, but if Farhan Zaidi is able to get a team to take a bite out of that salary, then he just may pull the trigger.